Gun­man wounds two in ram­page

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - SHARIKA REGCHAND

A MAN went on a shoot­ing ram­page in Mooi River on Fri­day and wounded two peo­ple.

He first shot at a woman driv­ing along Lawrence Road. The bul­let went through the pas­sen­ger win­dow and hit her in the chest.

The gun­man then ran down the road and shot a young man seated on the road­side with his friends. He was shot in the leg.

Both vic­tims were sta­bilised by Nsele EMS and taken to hos­pi­tal by Net­care 911 paramedics.

The gun­man was ar­rested. An eye­wit­ness, Clin­ton Goven­der, said he was in his of­fice in Lawrence Road when he heard a gun­shot. When he looked out, he saw a woman in her car who he thought had ex­pe­ri­enced a blowout. He saw a man ap­proach the car and thought she was go­ing to be hi­jacked. The man went to the pas­sen­ger side and fired two shots. The woman got out and ran.

“He fol­lowed the woman. He was try­ing to shoot her again but the gun mal­func­tioned.”

The woman ran into his of­fice park­ing lot. The gun­man con­tin­ued 100 me­tres down the road and shot the young man. When po­lice ar­rived, the gun­man held the gun to his head but then put it down. Asked why he went on a shoot­ing ram­page, he said he “felt like shoot­ing”.

Goven­der said: “He kept say­ing that he will plead in­san­ity and get out and come back … as if he had done some­thing like this be­fore.”

The gun­man laughed when he was put in the po­lice van.

De­scrib­ing him, Goven­der said that he was neatly dressed and looked “nor­mal”. He did not seem as if he was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol.

Po­lice spokesper­son Gay Ebrahim said that two cases of at­tempted mur­der have been opened against the man. The shoot­ings ap­pear to have been “un­pro­voked and random”, she said.

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